Hogansburg Woman Pleads Guilty In Animal Smuggling Case
A Hogansburg woman has pleaded guilty in a federal court to charges she smuggled exotic animals from the U.S. into Canada.
Officials from the U.S. Attorney's office in Syracuse say 28 year old Olivia Terrance had been charged with participating in a conspiracy to smuggle endangered and threatened species.
They say in 2009 and 2010, she smuggled hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of turtles and reptiles into Canada, where they were sold to retailers and collectors.
She was caught when law enforcement officials followed her by car and helicopter after she received a shipment of wildlife and transported it across the border by boat.
Sentencing is set for August. She faces a maximum penalty of five years in jail, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, the Canadian Wildlife Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the Mohawk Nation Tribal Police.
Friday, March 6, 2015, Watertown, NY
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